You are running late, there are no musicians. One of the microphones is out and your shoe heel is about to break. And it is time for you to serve in Praise and Worship.
If you search online for tips and advice on leading Praise and Worship, you will mostly find ‘ministry – related’ advice, including engaging the church with interaction, singing with your eyes open, and body language.
Did you know that there are outside influences that can affect the ministry of Praise and Worship. Here are 7 tips that every Praise and Worship Leader can use.
- Plan to arrive early – Arrive at least 30 minutes early, no shorter than fifteen minutes. You cannot be effective if you arrive five minutes before time and have just finished fighting with traffic. Leave yourself time to shake off the outside.
- Warm up – Warm up your voice, and your spirit . On your way to church, turn off the radio and sing the song that has been on your heart. If you are a Praise and Worship Leader, then I already know that you woke up with a song.
- Hydrate – Hydrate before you sing and have a small bottle of water available for when you finish. Avoid having a dry cough by taking this simple precaution.
- Wear comfortable and appropriate clothes and shoes – Anticipate that you will be moving your hands, arms and feet for the entire time. If your shoes can only take you from the car to your seat, then don’t wear them. If you think the shirt is a little too tight or your skirt might be just a little short, wear something else. You will be in front of the congregation. Don’t pop a button or have your skirt raise up when you raise your arms.
- Always be ready. When the choir can’t…the Praise Team must! You are on call for every service, even when the Pastor has to go out to preach. If you are not on the program, you should still anticipate being called on to minister.
- Practice sharing a microphone – There will come a time when you won’t have state of the art microphones available for each member of the praise team. There may be a short in a wire or you may have to minister in a church that does not have enough for each singer. Rehearse songs and double up on microphones to practice blending and matching voices.
- Rehearse with and without music – There will be a time when the musicians will not be there. Prepare songs that you can easily sing without the benefit of the keyboards or the drums.
These are a few of my tips. I say them confidently, because I have experienced all of these scenarios.
Are you a Praise and Worship Leader? What are your ‘non-ministry’ tips for Praise and Worship?
Ayoka Boyce is a published author (aka Nikki P. Serene), blogger, writing coach and Mentor. She is the founder of All Write RVA, a not for profit organization that promotes writing and literacy.